Ultrafast photonics

Ultrafast photonics is the study of light and its interaction with matter on short timescales, typically less than a picosecond. This includes investigating processes that occur in atoms and molecules, such as the dynamics and correlations between electrons during ionization, and often employs ultrafast lasers or mode-locked lasers.

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News and Comment

  • Comments and Opinion |

    Seven scientists share their views on some of the latest developments in attosecond science and X-ray free electron lasers (XFELs) and highlight exciting new directions.

    • Eva Lindroth
    • , Francesca Calegari
    • , Linda Young
    • , Marion Harmand
    • , Nirit Dudovich
    • , Nora Berrah
    •  & Olga Smirnova
  • Editorial |

    The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded for advances in laser physics that have conferred a formidable benefit to humankind — on both fundamental and applied fronts.

    Nature Physics 14, 1069
  • News and Views |

    The generation of hot electrons in plasmonic nanostructures is of scientific and technological interest, putting the community under pressure to better understand the hot-electron mechanisms and to increase the light conversion efficiency of plasmonic nanosystems for chemical reactions and photodetection.

    • Rachel Won
    Nature Photonics 12, 446-447